|East Timor||CATHOLIC ORGANISATIONS WORLDWIDE URGE UN ACTION IN EAST TIMOR|
Catholic relief and development organisations worldwide have called on the United Nations to deploy a peacekeeping force in East Timor to stop massacres and displacement of people in the troubled territory.|
"The intimidations, killings, massacres and displacements should be stopped," read a joint statement of Caritas Internationalis (CI), the European consortium CIDSE and the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC).
"We therefore urgently call on the UN to take on a peacekeeping role to help the East Timorese, whom the UN have enabled to express their will in the self-determination ballot, to rebuild their lives and their country in peace," the three international Catholic organisations said.
They emphasised that UN action "must be immediate and decisive. The displaced and all those who are suffering need immediate protection from the United Nations and the international community."
The Sept. 6 statement, signed by Duncan MacLaren, Jef Felix and William Canny, secretary generals of CI, CIDSE and ICMC respectively, was one of the appeals by Catholic organisations worldwide calling on the United Nations to take action in East Timor as terror and violence reigned in the territory.
UCAN 11:08am 9/9/99